Serving Up Hot Coercion

If you work for the State you are not “serving”.

If your “job” comes with a paycheck extorted from people who didn’t value your effort enough to pay for it voluntarily, you are not serving.

You don’t “serve” in the military, in congress, or “on the bench”. You prey on people’s life, liberty, and property, but you don’t “serve” anyone beyond the political bullies who hold your leash and steal money on your behalf.

If you really wish to serve, provide a service which people will be willing to pay you for. One which they won’t have to force their neighbors to chip in for. Be a good guy like Ross Ulbricht, not a bad guy like Donald Trump or Barack Obama.

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Misplaced Trust

If someone hated you and wanted you to die, would you follow their health advice? Would you let them talk you into behaviors you knew were risky? Would you listen to them at all?

Yet, people let government employees tell them what rights they have.

I see this all the time in responses from people when I say something about the right to own and carry weapons. Particularly on Quora, and especially among those who are saddled with a government which doesn’t want them to have guns. (Even more than the U.S. government’s aversion to an armed population, I mean,)

They constantly tell me what that specific gang of bullies says their rights are (and are not). They act as though I’m a barbarian for recognizing natural human rights.

If I pointed this out to them they might object that “their” government doesn’t hate them nor want them to die; that it is only looking out for their best interests. Judging by the actions and the results of those actions, they sure could have fooled me. If they want the best for their subjects, that is.

It’s a sad thing to see. I don’t want to see people enslaved, especially when they do it to themselves. I don’t want them trusting a gang of thugs to tell them what their rights are, or fooling them into believing rights are only privileges, and that only Neanderthals like me would expect anyone to respect rights.

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Forced Association Compounds Bullying

I had a student years ago that was the target of bullies. He wasn’t as socially adept as others, and few people liked him. The fact that he didn’t act pitiful made it so he didn’t get the people who want to feel good about themselves to take his side.

One day, I see a group of older girls picking on him. This is to the point that he yells something very angry at them. Some teachers overheard and came over and lectured him about not saying mean things.

Another day, those same girls who liked to pick on this kid came up to me and said that he hit one of them. I blew it off. Eventually, it became a big issue and I kind of got in trouble for not making a bigger deal of it. The kid almost got kicked out of the organization I was teaching in for this instance. I told his mother and the board that I fully took this kid’s side and that I knew those girls kept acting really jerky to this kid.

This is something people don’t consider about rules, culture, forced association, and incentives. The incentives of this group made it so this kid could get bullied to the point where he lashed out, then the bullies could get him hurt more by getting “authorities” on their side to act against him for reacting to their behavior.

Bullying behavior emerges from the incentives of cultures and systems. By punishing bullies and making strict rules, you will often just make it so another brand of assholish behavior emerges.

Disassociation is the only thing that can align interests properly. People who want the money of the customer makes systems that protect their customers, while individuals can leave at anytime to other systems that they feel act in their interests better. This incentive structure protects people and ends bullying. Trying to end bullying without having freedom of association turns into a game of whack-a-mole. You make rules and punishments for one behavior and it just shows up in a slightly different form somewhere else.

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Rationed Rights

I know someone who, against my advice, recently got a concealed carry permit. His experience drives home why I believe it’s a mistake to beg bullies for permission to exercise your natural human rights.

The process is insulting and degrading. It is designed to treat you like a common criminal.

There was a “fingerprinting”– this of a person who has already been fingerprinted multiple times and undergone an extensive background check in order to get his current government “job”. That wasn’t good enough.

Then, there were drawn-out delays caused by a technical glitch wherein they wouldn’t accept that he had worked for the same place twice, but with a different job sandwiched in between. The “system” wouldn’t accept that answer. Not sure how a person’s job history is supposed to validate their right to carry a weapon anyway.

I’m supposing my long-term “self-employment” would disqualify me in their eyes, or at least give them reasons to be suspicious and put me through the wringer.

Then there was the delay after eventual approval while waiting for his rights to come by mail so that he could start exercising them. In all, I believe the process took a month and a half or so. Rights delayed are rights denied… but so are rights licensed.

I understand, somewhat, the desire to “stay legal”, if you believe that will keep you safe from the molesters in blue (and their co-conspirators) you might encounter. But that safety is an illusion. They’ll murder you regardless of your permit, pat each other on the back for a job well done, go grab a beer, and get a paid vacation out of it.

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Bullies, Outrageous Laws, Libertarian Unpopularity and Failures (29m) – Editor’s Break 081

Editor’s Break 081 has Skyler giving his commentary on the following topics: bullying our children into standing up for themselves toward bullies; when laws become totally outrageous and we’re no longer willing to support them; why libertarianism is unpopular; how libertarianism fails and why that’s really a bad question to begin with; and more.

Listen to Editor’s Break 081 (29m, mp3, 64kbps)

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Standing Up for Liberty Isn’t Political

Liberty is the “political” sphere’s null set. Politics is the active (rather than passive) attempt to violate liberty.

For example: humans have always had the natural right to arm themselves. This wasn’t even debated; it’s just how it is, always has been, and always will be. Nothing can change it.

Then someone decided to use politics to stop people from arming themselves, and punish those who didn’t cooperate with this violation.

Some of those who resist being violated use politics in an attempt to fight back, but this is just playing the bullies’ game– by the rules the bullies set up and enforce. It might get you a temporary reprieve, but in the long run, it’s a losing strategy.

Standing up for your liberty, by living it, isn’t political. But trying to stop people from living their liberty is.

Anti-gun activists and anti-knife activists (or their supporters) are being political.

Gun rights (and knife rights) activists– especially those simply ignoring the “laws” and doing what they have a natural human right to do– aren’t.

You have no obligation to tolerate those trying to stop you from doing what you have a right to do. You have no obligation to play politics in self-defense. Why march or v*te for your rights? Just exercise them.

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